om·​ni·​bus | \ ˈäm-ni-(ˌ)bəs How to pronounce omnibus (audio) \

Definition of omnibus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually automotive public vehicle designed to carry a large number of passengers : bus took a seat on the omnibus
2 : a book containing reprints of a number of works (as of a single author or on a single subject) The omnibus contained all of the author's short stories.



Definition of omnibus (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or providing for many things at once
2 : containing or including many items an omnibus bill

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The adjective "omnibus" may not have much to do with public transportation, but the noun "omnibus" certainly does - it not only means "bus,"but it's also the word English speakers shortened to form "bus." The noun "omnibus" originated in the 1820s as a French word for long, horse-drawn vehicles that transported people along the main thoroughfares of Paris. Shortly thereafter, omnibuses - and the noun "omnibus" - arrived in New York. But in Latin, "omnibus" simply means "for all." Our adjective "omnibus," which arrived in the mid-1800s, seems to hark back to that Latin omnibus, though it may also have been at least partially influenced by the English noun. An "omnibus bill" containing numerous provisions, for example, could be likened to a bus loaded with people.

Examples of omnibus in a Sentence

Adjective an omnibus edition of his more popular stories the president's state of the union speech is usually an omnibus look at the issues that the country is confronting
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Herz made his directorial debut in 1965 with The Junk Shop, a half-hour contribution to Pearls of the Deep, an omnibus of short films based on stories by Bohumil Hrabal. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 This particular omnibus, starting off with the can-be-read-as-standalone novel The Pride of Chanur and continuing with the next two books in the series, is far and away my favorite of her works and shows Cherryh at the absolute top of her game. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "How to review your life’s Amazon buying history—and what we learned from our own," 28 May 2018 And so the omnibus left the station sans a reform package. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Male GOP Senators Are Dragging Their Feet on New Sexual-Harassment Rules," 19 Apr. 2018 Congress showed its disdain for climate programs elsewhere in the omnibus, too. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "2018 Budget A Mixed Bag for International Environmental Funding," 9 Apr. 2018 Hurd also touched on the funding for election security grants included in the omnibus, citing the importance of preventing Russia from again meddling in U.S. elections. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Hurd talks DACA fix, spending bill, election security at chamber luncheon," 29 Mar. 2018 Republicans in good faith took his direction on the omnibus. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump’s budget double-dealing may come back to bite him," 28 Mar. 2018 The omnibus also included major extra funding in the bill for the nation's ongoing opioid addiction epidemic, totaling more that $4.65 billion across the federal government — $3 billion more than fiscal year 2017 spending. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "The big federal spending bill: what’s in it for Alaska (and what isn’t)," 23 Mar. 2018 Anyone who votes for the omnibus is voting for the deportation of Dreamers and other immigrants., "Senate Passes $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill To Avoid Third Government Shutdown This Year," 23 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Justice in Policing Act is best read as an omnibus compilation of various police-reform proposals that have circulated on Capitol Hill in recent years. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Glaring Hole in the Democrats’ Police Reform Bill," 9 June 2020 Both chambers of the General Assembly have passed versions of omnibus energy legislation mandating that Dominion deliver carbon-free electricity by 2045. Washington Post, "Va. Senate committee kills bill to restore state oversight of Dominion rates," 3 Mar. 2020 On Friday, the Maryland Senate is scheduled to continue debate on an omnibus sports betting bill that would include the Redskins as one of nine prospective gambling license holders. Erin Cox, Washington Post, "Redskins betting license added to bill advancing through Maryland legislature," 5 Mar. 2020 Hunter bought another bottle of champagne, proposed a toast to the passing of the omnibus budget proposal, and then headed off to the Capitol for the final vote of the day. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Duncan Hunter Did Something Right," 6 Dec. 2019 Judge James Burke's ruling on Weinstein's omnibus motion to dismiss is virtually a win for prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, except for allowing the defense team to call some expert witnesses to testify on memory. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Harvey Weinstein loses effort to toss his New York sex-crimes case," 11 July 2019 Negotiations on the bill were interrupted by the omnibus budget that Congress has repeatedly kicked down the road. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Subprime mortgage bonds are making a comeback," 30 Mar. 2018 The announcement by the Maine CDC came as the Legislature convened to consider an omnibus bill related to the coronavirus and a supplemental budget bill that includes spending to fight the virus. USA TODAY, "Testing worries, TP exchange, no parades: News from around our 50 states," 18 Mar. 2020 For years, Congress has jammed through huge omnibus spending bills that set funding for an entire fiscal year in the final days of legislative sessions. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "As Trump Seizes Wall Money, Congress’s Spending Power Weakens," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of omnibus


1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for omnibus

Noun and Adjective

French, from Latin, for all, dative plural of omnis

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“Omnibus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of omnibus

US : of, relating to, or including many things


om·​ni·​bus | \ ˈäm-ni-ˌbəs How to pronounce omnibus (audio) \
plural omnibuses

Kids Definition of omnibus

: bus

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